Beaver County police make big drug bust during routine traffic stop

Alert officers on a routine traffic stop took a huge amount of potentially killer drugs off Beaver County streets.

Demetrius Benson just got out of prison a month ago after doing time for firearms violations, Channel 11 has learned, and is now back behind bars.


Ambridge police stopped Benson in a car along Route 65 late Tuesday night because of a burned-out headlight. Officers showed only Channel 11 what they found inside: 10 bricks of heroin laced with fentanyl, which have a street value of $4,000.

"We like these kind of criminals, who basically throw up red flags so we pull them over and we end up getting quite a bit of heroin off the street," said Chief Jim Mann

Mann says fentanyl is the chemical that's killing so many people on the streets.

“That's what it's all about,” he said. “Getting it off the streets, getting it out of the hands of the kids.”

Police say with Benson's prior record and now this probation violation, this may put him back behind bars for a long time.